In today’s society, we are never far from an electronic device. From laptops to smart phones to e-readers, electronic devices are a major part of our everyday lives.
However, as electronic device usage has increased, so have dangers like viruses, malware and cyber criminals. Protecting your electronic devices is essential to prevent your financial and personal information from being stolen or compromised.
The first step to protecting your devices is to understand the common security threats. These include:
No Passwords. Many people rely on a simple finger swipe, or even no passcode, to protect their electronic device.
Malware. Malware, or malicious software, is designed to gain access to sensitive information or systems. With a mobile device or tablet, malware can be picked up when downloading apps.
Out-of-date Software and Operating Systems. When running your electronic device with an out-of-date software or operating system, you open your device up to hackers and viruses.
Lack of Firewalls. Many mobile devices lack the firewalls necessary to limit internet connections. This allows potential hackers to access a device in wide-open network areas.
Viruses. When downloading apps or documents to your electronic device, viruses can enter the system and damage a device or permit access to sensitive information.
Now that you know what the threats are, the next questions is, “what can I do to protect my devices?”
Add Security Software. Basic, free security software (and more secure security “suite”) products are available everywhere. Inventing in a good protection software will save you from future issues.
Check Firewalls. A firewall is a software or hardware that examines information coming from the Internet, then either blocks it or allows it to pass. Check the settings on your device to ensure that your system has a built-in firewall.
Know Your Privacy Settings. Review your privacy settings on all website you use frequently. Security settings change frequently so you need to ensure that you are fully protected.
Strengthen Your Passwords. Lock whatever device you have with a hard-to-crack password. Don’t use the same password on every device. Use a free password checker (like The Password Meter) to determine the strength of the password.
Get Smart about Email. Never open an attachment from someone you don’t know and be wary of opening attachments from someone you do know. If you weren’t expecting it, call your friend and check before you open.
Update your Software. When there is a new update to your system, be sure to update. Don’t wait!
According to Erie Insurance, “cybercrime is now a fact of life.” By following the tips in this article, you’ll be able to “help ensure the device that sits in the palm of your hand remains the perfect technology for you, not the criminals.”
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